Word of the Week: California Roll

California roll is a noun and defined as a type of sushi roll containing avocado, cucumber, and imitation crab meat wrapped by seaweed and rice. There are a lot of theories about and many chefs who claim to have invented the California roll. For example, some historians claim the inventor of the California roll is Los Angeles chef Ken Seusa at the Kin Jo sushi restaurant in Hollywood, California in the 1970s. The original recipe subbed avocado when tuna wasn’t in season and used king crab legs instead of imitation crab. The roll originally had nori seaweed wrapped around it, but American customers would commonly remove the nori before eating it. Therefore, the roll was eventually made with rice on the outside, referred to as Uramaki or inside-out rolls. The creation of this roll led to the increase of popularity of sushi in the US in the 1980s.

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“California Roll.” Merriam-Webster.com

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